NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 11/7

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TODAY IS ELECTION DAY! Today, voters across the state will head to the polls for two State House special elections and 11 municipal elections. We need to make sure we are electing Democrats to these important offices and building the bench as we head into 2018 and beyond! We need your help to make sure we reach as many voters as possible.
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Can we count on you to help get the word out about today’s elections? Sullivan District 1 (Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield, Springfield) General: 11/7 Candidate: Brian Sullivan
Brian is a retired science teacher and teacher advocate for the National Education Association of New Hampshire. He also worked as a consultant to improve workplace climate. Brian will be a strong voice for families and educators in the State House.
VOLUNTEER Interested in volunteering for Brian Sullivan for State Representative? Please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Hillsborough District 15 (Manchester Ward 8) General: 11/7 Candidate: Erika Connors
Erika is a long-time advocate for public education and represents Manchester Ward 8 on the school board. She runs the Melody Pines Day Camp with her husband and is a member of the NH Camp Directors Association.
Knock on Doors for Erika Connors! Location: 266 Mammoth Rd. Manchester, NH 03103 ELECTION DAY Tuesday 11/7 – 10AM, 1PM and 4PM Interested in volunteering for Erika Connors for State Representative? Please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Municipal Elections are happening RIGHT NOW in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Dover, Keene, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Somersworth and Rochester. For specific volunteer opportunities in these cities, refer to the “Action Alert” below.
We need all hands on deck today, please help out where you can! Please continue to use this regular newsletter as a tool for your local committee meetings or as a supplement to your own regular newsletter. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.
Sue Ford Erin Cotton NHDP Grassroots Chair North Country Coordinator, Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader NHDP sueford06@gmail.com (mailto:sueford06@gmail.com) ecotton@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
Nick Taylor Erin Turmelle Director, House and Senate Democrats Political Director, NHDP ntaylor@nhdp.org (mailto:ntaylor@nhdp.org) eturmelle@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
Help “Get out the Vote” for Municipal Elections across the state TODAY!
Eleven Municipalities will be electing their local officials TODAY (11/7). These local races are extremely important – every vote counts! Below are opportunities to volunteer in every Municipal Election across the state.
VOLUNTEER and make sure to VOTE!
Manchester Canvassing Joyce Craig HQ 266 Mammoth Rd. Manchester, NH 03103
ELECTION DAY Tuesday 11/7 – 10AM, 1PM and 4PM
Nashua Canvassing Home of David Darnell 2 Deerhaven Dr, Nashua, NH 03064 To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Berlin To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Claremont To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Concord To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Dover To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Keene To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Laconia To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Portsmouth To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Somersworth To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Rochester To knock doors or make phone calls, please call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998
Kennedy Clinton Dinner + Celebration 2017: Great Things Grow in the Granite State
This annual dinner was renamed after President John F. Kennedy and President Bill Clinton who both structurally transformed the Democratic party into a winning team and laid the building blocks for continued success into a new century.
6:00pm, November 17, 2017 Alpine Grove Banquet Hall 19 S Depot Rd, Hollis, NH 03049 (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=1e2a5b6beb&e=a40ec310b1)
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Speakers: Congressman Tim Ryan, DNC Vice Chair & Congresswoman Grace Meng, and Presidential candidate Congressman John Delaney
Questions? Please email dthompson@nhdp.org (mailto:dthompson@nhdp.org) ! We can’t wait to see you!
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** Ride-alongs have value ———————————————————— By: Armand Forest (D-Manchester)
Union Leader: READ HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=5a9c2995c3&e=a40ec310b1)
** To the Editor: What’s wrong with GOP tax plan ———————————————————— By: Michael Behrendt (Durham)
Foster’s: READ HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=813145fd6d&e=a40ec310b1)
** Letter: Protect contraception ———————————————————— By: Susan O’Connor (Penacook)
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** Obamacare enrollment starts Nov. 1 ———————————————————— By: David Meuse (Indivisible Portsmouth)
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Senate Public & Municipal Affairs Committee Moves Forward with Broadband Infrastructure Bill (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=dfa22a4a21&e=a40ec310b1)
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… “Broadband connectivity is extremely important to both businesses and residential internet users in western New Hampshire and across the rural areas of our state. We want to resolve the Broadband Municipal Financing issue and get a system in place that works for everyone—municipalities, towns and retail broadband providers. It’s been 12 years since state bonding and broadband statutes have been updated. In particular, SB 170 as amended provides for public-private partnerships to leverage greater investment in rural broadband connectivity for areas currently unserved . . . As seen in other rural states, public financing is an important catalyst for private investment. This bill adds an important tool for towns and municipalities that want to develop additional residential and commercial internet broadband connectivity.” … – Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene)
Senator Bette Lasky Files Legislation to Close “Gatsas Loophole” (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=3a834b2c82&e=a40ec310b1)
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… “Our laws around individual political contributions are very clear—you cannot spend general election funds in a primary election. Closing the so-called ‘Gatsas loophole’ will ensure that any political candidate who violates the law will face penalties if they do so . . . Last April, the Attorney General’s office determined that Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas violated RSA 664:4, V(1) when he illegally spent $68,000 in general election funds over the course of his 2016 primary election campaign for governor. The Attorney General’s office stated that ‘a civil penalty may well have been warranted’, but the legislature has chosen not to provide this office the statutory authority to assess a civil fine in such circumstances . . . Free and fair elections are a hallmark of our democracy and we need to ensure that we give the Attorney General the necessary authority to enforce our election laws and punish those who break them. Now that candidates know about the ‘Gatsas Loophole’, the legislature needs to take action and close it as soon as possible to prevent others from breaking our election laws without penalty” … – Senator Bette Lasky (D-Nashua)
Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on Failure of Governor Sununu to Secure Additional Funding to Combat the Opioid Epidemic (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=ae96dd0914&e=a40ec310b1)
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… “It’s disappointing that Governor Sununu’s loyalty to President Trump can’t be translated into getting results for New Hampshire. Our state is on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, and we need our governor to take a stand against this administration to fight for the needs of our first responders, healthcare professionals and communities . . . Governor Sununu has repeatedly failed to secure federal resources to address this crisis, even as he condemns the efforts of our state’s federal delegation to secure additional aid. I urge Governor Sununu to take a stand for New Hampshire and negotiate with the Trump Administration to secure more resources for our state.” … – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield)
Senate Democrats Applaud Bipartisan House Committee Vote in Favor of Family and Medical Leave Insurance (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=c2835bf0a1&e=a40ec310b1)
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… “We are proud to see the bipartisan vote of the House Labor Committee to finally move forward with family and medical leave insurance legislation, as it is critical to attracting and keeping the workforce we need and to helping combat the opioid public health epidemic. We thank our colleagues in the Labor Committee for coming together to do what’s right for New Hampshire families. Senate Democrats will continue to advocate strongly for passage of this important and necessary legislation in January in the House.” … – Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth)
House Committee Recommends Passage of Family and Medical Leave Legislation (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=0c16cfabb5&e=a40ec310b1)
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… “Today’s vote by the House Labor committee was an important step to making paid family leave a reality here in New Hampshire. A comprehensive family leave program is critically important to the financial security of working families, the very people that our state needs to thrive . . . The public strongly supports a family leave program and I applaud the House Labor committee for its strong, bipartisan vote in support of this legislation. I look forward to continuing discussions about the value of family leave as this bill advances in the legislative process.” … – Representative Mary Stuart Gile (D-Concord)
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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, Democratic members of the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee denounced partisan votes on legislation that would disrupt the energy economy and harm advances in clean and efficient energy:
Ranking Democrat Bob Backus (D-Manchester): “The high cost of energy is a major complaint of people in this state. The best answer is to maximize energy efficiency and help people lower their usage and their electric bills. These bills would do great harm to those efforts if they become law.”
Representative Jackie Cali-Pitts (D-Portsmouth): “In 22 years serving on this committee, I have never seen such disregard for scientific and economic fact. The bills recommended by the committee today will set our state back 20 years. At a time when we should be expanding clean energy, our actions are moving the state back and harming New Hampshire’s job market.”
Representative Suzanne Harvey (D-Nashua): “The legislature’s efforts 10 years ago on renewable energy provided our state with hundreds of jobs in a renewable energy economy. Any effort to undermine those efforts hurts our state’s workforce, and creates an unstable environment that discourages investment in a rapidly growing sector. Today’s actions will only discourage the young people that New Hampshire needs to attract from moving to and investing in our state.”
Representative Marjorie Shepardson (D-Marlborough): “This year in the legislature, there has been a pattern of undermining efforts to bring a clean energy future to NH. Bills to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and underfund energy efficiency will impede our goal of achieving 25% renewable energy by the year 2025 and destabilize the growing energy economy.”
Representative Peter Somssich (D-Portsmouth): “Given my scientific background, I believed the committee I was joining would be less partisan and more focused on factual evidence. I was wrong. This committee is judging things politically, not scientifically. This approach has resulted in an underfunding of our most effective energy efficiency programs, including low-income energy efficiency audits.”
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